A 15-year-old who went missing after possibly being lured by an older man she met on social media was found safe, her mother said.
Heaven Ray Cox, of Texas, went missing on Sunday, leaving behind a note that led detectives to suspect she had absconded to California.
Cox was located at a home in Louisiana, ABC News reported, "after following several leads and speaking with numerous individuals,” the Texas Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
The house Cox was staying at belonged to a relative of someone she knew, police said. It’s unclear if anyone was with her when police found her.
But Cox’s mother had previously said that the teen had been talking with an older man she met online.
“Heaven had been talking to a grown man from California on Snapchat,” Tammy Day Cox said in a Facebook post.
“The man she has been talking to is a predator, who has apparently been manipulating her for some time, and in her current state of mind, she believes that he is her friend,” she added.
The sheriff’s office has not yet made any arrests in connection with Cox’s disappearance, but it has not ruled any charges out, ABC News reported.
Cox, who is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, was suffering from mania at the time of her disappearance and did not take her medication with her, her mom said.
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